Capsticks is a leading provider of specialist legal advice to the health and social care sector. For over 40 years Capsticks has worked with the NHS, truly understanding the unique challenges and opportunities that NHS organisations face. Like the organisations we represent, making a positive impact on people's lives is important to us. We pride ourselves on being world-class in our services, taking a commercial approach and treating all clients, employees and stakeholders with kindness and respect.

At the heart of the Health and Care Bill is the establishment of Integrated Care Systems, both as statutory bodies and as the cornerstone of the integration of NHS bodies, local government and wider system partners. The development of ICSs raises a wide range of legal issues, including establishing effective governance arrangements for integrated care partnerships and provider collaboratives; adopting appropriate processes for provider selection, and contracting outside the established rules for procurement/competition; and considering how to develop and deploy a flexible health and care workforce across a “place”. Unlike previous reforms, the proposed legislation does not apply a one-size-fits-all solution, and leaves many of the key decisions to local systems and their leaders. We are working closely with ICSs throughout the country and will be sharing the learning from that work, and emerging thinking on how to give effect to the new NHS architecture with our clients.

CCGs have had an important role in promoting integrated care and the ambitions of the Long-Term Plan and are now key players in the development of ICSs. CCGs face a period of major change and transformation following the publication of the Health and Care Bill; as well as meeting the challenge of maintaining and restoring key NHS services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Capsticks is uniquely placed to support CCGs at this time of unprecedented change and uncertainty. We are developing a set of “How to" guides to support the transition to Integrated Care Boards and the transfer of CCG functions, assets, liabilities and staff. With more than 80 CCG clients and a dedicated team of lawyers specialising in the legal issues that commissioners face, you can be assured that we will be able to provide expert and pragmatic support, getting advice “right first time”.

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